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Goodnite, Dr. Death Lyrics

Alright, Children
The lights are out and the party's over
It's time for me: Doctor D
To start running and say goodbye for a little while
And I know you're gonna miss me
So I'll leave you with this
You know that big ball of radiation we call...


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    Jan 27th 2011 report

    "The lights are out..." This line is often repeated through the album, as it seems to indicate that something tragic has happened. "...and the party's over," tells us that BLI has won. Dr. D tells us that he must "start running and say goodbye for a while." He knows that BLI will start chasing him down soon, so he's going into hiding to avoid capture and possibly gain more recruits.
    Because BLI is chasing down anyone who helped the Killjoys, he is suggesting that we keep moving. I think that "The ball of radiation we call the sun" might represent BLI and their power. "The static" could be the draculoids, or anyone willing to report you to BLI. The static could also be refering to someone who was for the Killjoys but is now willing to capture their own people to avoid their own demise.
    "So remember even if you're dusted
    You may be gone
    But out here in the desert
    Your shadow lives on without you"
    This means that we should keep opposing BLI, and even if we are killed, we shall be remembered, and possibly avenged. This could be applied to the real world as well. Some memories are never forgotten; when you're gone one day, there will be someone who remembers what a wonderfull person you were.
    The playing of the National anthem can be representing allegiance to what you believe in.
    That's all I got. Stay strong, fellow Killjoys.

  2. AverageEmoTrashCan
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    Jul 28th 2018 report

    I think it is a carry on from the sing music video and Doctor Death is saying he has to go into hiding because BLI are taking over and killing anyone who associated with The Killjoys. But he’s saying at the same time, keep fighting this war isn’t over yet. He’ll be back someday, with more recruits to take on BLI another day. But for now, he’s signing off.

  3. anonymous
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    May 30th 2016 report

    I think it's the Band's way of saying goodbye, since this was the last album before the break up.

  4. mcr_killjoy
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    Jan 11th 2013 report

    Dr. Death is pretty much saying, that the BLI have won, he has to go into hiding because they're going after anyone who helped the Killjoys, or anyone who didn't submit to their power. But even while he's gone, keep on opposing the BLI. I think this may also have somethng to do with the fact that the Killjoys have fallen after the last battle in SING, but this is definetly the closing song of the album.

  5. chaoschick
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    Oct 11th 2011 report

    I always saw this entire album as contemplating the end of the world as we knew it, probably by the nuclear blast.

    I saw this song as exactly that. Looking back onto history, radio has always been the last resort to get comunication out to the world. At the end of a radio brodcast, it is traditional to play the'Star-Spangled Banner'. After the song, usually the static takes over.

    "Alright, Children
    The lights are out and the party's over
    It's time for me: Doctor D
    To start running and say goodbye for a little while"

    This part is making the good Dr. D sound as if he is wraping up the 'show'. One of the main fears of having a nuclear war is the clouds of radiation that may develop. (FYI: there is a great comic book that mentions this). This part may be in reference to this idea.

    "You know that big ball of radiation we call the sun?
    Well it'll burst you into flames
    If you stay in one place too long
    That is if the static don't get you first"

    I think that this is kind of referencing a few different ideas of the end of the world, including the idea of the sun having adverse effects on the world

  6. spyder3754
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    Jul 11th 2011 report

    This song is definitely about how they're packing up this album and its unique sound and, as usual, moving on to their next project. They also did it for the Black Parade with "The End" and "Disenchanted". "The End" was saying goodbye to Three Cheers and "Disenchanted was saying goodbye to The Black Parade (Danger Days did "Look Alive, Sunshine" and "Goodnite, Dr. Death" as their opening and closing songs.

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